Almond Halwa

Almond Halwa:

Tooth-some Almond halwa, easy recipe to prepare this healthy and rich sweet.

Almonds Deliver a Massive Amount of Nutrients and Almonds are a fantastic source of Almonds are a fantastic source of antioxidants.

Vitamin E is the name for a group of fat-soluble antioxidants.

These antioxidants tend to build up in cell membranes in the body, protecting the cells from oxidative damage.

Almonds are among the world’s best sources of vitamin E, with just one ounce providing 37% of the recommended daily intake.

Ingredients:

  • 1cup almonds, soaked in warm water and peeled
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • A pinch of saffron
  • ⅛ tsp. cardamom powder
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 4 tbsp ghee or 2 to 3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • Few drops of rose water
Preparation:
  1. Wash and soak badam in warm water for an hour. Peel off the skin and rinse them.
  2. Blend badam, saffron with milk or water to a smooth paste.
Method:

Heat a nonstick pan or heavy bottom pan, add half of the ghee, add the ground paste, sugar, cardamoms and cook till the halwa thickens, constantly stirring in medium flame otherwise, it may get burnt.

Add few tsp of ghee in intervals and stir.

when it reaches the desired consistency without sticking to the bottom of the pan(folds can be made) switch off and add a spoon of ghee.

Serve badam halwa with added nuts.

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Butter Murukku

Butter Murukku:

What can be made special for this festival/Tea time snack?

Varieties of Savouries and sweet recipes are found on browsing,  

Which will be more easy to prepare with minimum time, less effort and delicious lip smacking snack?

Here is an idea of your choice, Butter Murukku in only four steps of effort. Mix all the ingredients, stuff the dough in the press of your desired shape. Fry it in the hot oil, your favorite snack is ready in few minutes of effort. Enjoy this with your family.

Ingredients to prepare:

Rice flour-1 cup (150 gram)

Gram flour – 1 1/2 table spoon

Fried channa dal flour-1 1/2 table spoon (grind roasted channa dal in a mixer)

Butter-1 table spoon

Salt-1/2 Tsp

Chilli powder 1/2 Tsp

Asafoetida-1/4 Tsp

Oil 150 ml to fry

Method:

1.Take a perfect measurement of all the above-given ingredients to a flat bowl, mix well.

2.Add water gradually and mix it to a thick dough.

3.Fill in the Murukku press with the dough, make it into the desired shape of murukku (3 or 4) on the plate. I have used the star shaped plate.

4.Heat oil in a thick bottom pan, once the oil gets heated, drop the Murukku gently into the hot oil and fry till golden yellow or until the sizzling sound reduces.

Butter Murukku
Butter Murukku

 

 

 

Vinayagar/Ganesh Chathurthi Special

Vinayagar/Ganesh Chathurthi Special:

Varieties of 9 wonderful and easy Vinayagar Chathurthi Neivedhyam recipe links are provided below, click blue link for more detailed recipes.

  1. Erukkam Kozhukkattai:

Name of this dish based on the flower Erukkam poo in Tamil, commonly known as Crown flower loved by Lord Ganesha. Kozhukkattai as eivedhyam, prepared in the shape of Erukkam poo, his desired flower. Tastes great with both sweet and spicy fillings.

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Erikkam kozhukkatta

2. Pillayar Patti Mothagam:
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Vinayagar Chadhurthi, with the unique recipe prepared in Pillayar Patti – Modhagam. We believe that Lord Ganesha likes Modhagam, so we call him as Modhagappiriyar in Tamil, means who loves Modhagam. This is the reason behind we prepare various types of Kozhukkattai and show our devotion towards Ganesha. This the unique type of Modhagam prepared in Pillayar Patti during this Chathurthi. Freshly prepared with soaked raw rice and moong dal.

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Pillayar Patti Mothagam

3. Neer Kozhukkattai:

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Kozhukattai is nothing but a rice dumpling, made by steaming freshly ground rice into balls, it can be made as both sweet and salt version. As we know any steamed food is extremely good for health. Here is the salt version.This will be soft and tasty with Kanagambara chutney.

4. Varagu Arisi Kozhukkattai:

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Varagu rice kozhukkattai
Varagu rice kozhukkattai

Millets are becoming trendy food and wholesome nutritious to all age category, nourishing dishes are prepared with millets.

Millet provides a host of nutrients, has a sweet nutty flavor, and is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains.

Kodo millet(vara gari si) kozhukkattai is very palatable and soft when compared with other varieties of kolukkattai. Excellent breakfast or dinner with poondu (garlic) chutney.

Kodo millet can be used in the place of raw rice in all dishes alternatively, the taste will be better when compared with rice.

5. Mixed Nuts Kozhukkattai:

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Healthiest Innovation in our traditional recipe. Kozhukkattai is traditionally made with rice flour as base and filling prepared in various combinations, including spicy and sweet. Here,  I thought to prepare something  healthier to consume and without any artificial sweet or sweets like sugar and jaggery. Dates are naturally sweet in taste and the crunchy nuts added are very healthy. This wonderful combination of nuts and dates, filled in rice pod is heavenly in taste. Exclusively prepared for this Ganesh Chathurthi, recipe from Chettinad cookbook.

Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai
Mixed nuts Kozhukkattai

6. Pidi Kozhukkattai:

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Red rice  is usually eaten unhulled or partially hulled and has a red husk, rather than the more common brown. Red rice has a nutty flavor. Compared to polished rice, it has the higher nutritional value of rice eaten with the germ intact.

Kozhukkattai made out of healthy red rice will be soft and melts in our mouth.We call it as, “Pidi” Kozhukkattai because we catch to hold the mixture to get its shape. Delicious red rice kozhukkattai can be served with Red chilli or Tomato chutney.

Pidi Kozhukkattai
Pidi Kozhukkattai

7. Rava Kozhukkzttai:

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Wish You all Happy Ganesh Chathurthi,

Glad to note that we have achieved 350 posts in our blog – http://www.chettinadcookbook.org . To celebrate both Ganesh Chaturthi and our achievement we have a treat with the unique recipe Rava Kozhukkattai. easy to prepare in few minutes of effort. Rava has the quality of easiest and fast cooking ingredient in all to choose. Rice can be replaced by Rava to make Kozhukkattai.

Rava Kozhukkattai
Rava Kozhukkattai

 

8. Ragi Kozhukkattai:

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Puttu kozhukattai:

This can be made with Rice flour, Wheat flour, Ragi flour etc. Here I preferred to do with Ragi flour because of its high nutritional value, the same recipe can be followed for all type of  flour,  cooking time may vary.

Raagi Puttu Kozhukkattai
Raagi Puttu Kozhukkattai

9. Sivapparisi Kozhukkattai:

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Soft and Creamy kozhukkattai made out of red rice :

Can be cooked in boiling water and season it with mustard seeds, urad dal and curry leaves.

Sivaparisi/Red rice flour makes this sweet pal kozhukkattai more delicious.Normally pal kozhukkattai is prepared with white rice flour, mini balls cooked in milk and added jaggery or sugar,here we use red rice flour for its health benefits and natural sweetness present in the rice enhances the taste.This also equally delectable and soft.

Elai Adai:

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Elai adai is kerala special dish. It has wonderful aroma cooked in banana leaves, this is steam cooked variety. Healthy, soft and delicious sweet liked by all. This sweet is specially made during vinayagar chathurthi as prasadham to lord Ganesha.Fillings can be sweet or spicy according to your preference.

Banana leaves are also excellent for cook, as it allows the steam to penetrate the food inside or on top of it. You can use banana leaf to line a steamer, or to wrap your food and then steam it.

Elai adai
Elai adai

 

Rava Kozhukkattai

Rava Kozhukkattai:

Wish You all Happy Ganesh Chathurthi,

Glad to note that we have achieved 350 posts in our blog – http://www.Chettinadcookbook.org . To celebrate both Ganesh Chaturthi and our achievement we have a treat with the unique recipe Rava Kozhukkattai. easy to prepare in few minutes of effort. Rava has the quality of easiest and fast cooking ingredient in all to choose. Rice can be replaced by Rava to make Kozhukkattai.

Rava Kozhukkattai
Rava Kozhukkattai

Ingredients:

Fine Rava / Sooji -1 cup

Milk -1 cup

Cardamom powder-1/4 tsp

Grated coconut-1/4 cup

Jaggery grated- 3/4 cup

Cashew-few broken

Ghee-1 tbsp

Method:

Heat pan with Ghee golden roast broken Cashews, collect and keep it aside.

In the same pan fry Sooji / Rava for 2 to 3 minutes in medium flame.

Melt jaggery by sprinkling some water, once done strain it to remove unwanted particles.

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In another pan boil milk, while it starts boiling temperature, add roasted Rava and stir constantly.

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When it becomes thick, add melted jaggery, grated coconut, and cardamom powder, mix well.
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Make it into small lemon sized balls, place cashews on making every ball and steam cook it for 10 minutes.

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Rava Kozhukkattai
Rava Kozhukkattai

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pidi Kozhukkattai

Pidi Kozhukkattai:

Red rice  is usually eaten unhulled or partially hulled and has a red husk, rather than the more common brown. Red rice has a nutty flavor. Compared to polished rice, it has the higher nutritional value of rice eaten with the germ intact.

Kozhukkattai made out of healthy red rice will be soft and melts in our mouth.We call it as, “Pidi” Kozhukkattai because we catch to hold the mixture to get its shape. Delicious red rice kozhukkattai can be served with Red chilli or Tomato chutney.

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Ingredients:

Red rice flour- 1 cup

Moong dal partially boiled-1/4 cup

Coconut-1/4 cup

Salt-1 tsp

Water-2 cups

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To season :

Oil-1 tbsp

Mustard seed-1 tsp

Urad dal-1 tbsp

Channa dal-1 tbsp

Cumin seed-1/4 tsp

Curry leaves-2 twigs

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Method to prepare:

In a pan dry roast red rice flour for 2 to 3 minutes, collect and keep it ready.

Heat pan with oil and temper the ‘To season’ ingredients.

Add curry leaves, water and add salt and allow to boil.

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Now add red rice flour and stir it constantly.

When the mixture becomes thick add partially boiled moong dal and grated coconut, mix all together well in medium flame.

 

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Switch off the stove, allow it to room temperature.

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Grease your hands, take a small amount of kozhukkattai mixture and hold it in your palm to get finger shape.

Boil water in Idly pan to steam the Kozhukkattai.

Steam cook kozhukkattai 10 to 15 minutes.

Delicious soft red rice Kozhukkattai is ready.

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Aval Puttu / Flatten rice Puttu

Aval Puttu / Flatten rice Puttu:

Janmashtami special recipe, Krishna felt happy by a fist full of plain poha (Aval),  but we prepare versatile recipes with Aval to please our lord Krishna for his grace. Aval puttu is one such sweet verity as neivedhyam. This has a soft texture and delicious taste.

Aval / Flatten rice, Poha Puttu
  Aval / Flatten rice, Poha Puttu

Ingredients to prepare:

Aval -2 cups

Milk and water together 1 cup

Jaggery powdered-1 cup

Coconut grated-3 tbsp

Ghee-2 tbsp

Cashews – broken 2 tbsp

Cardamom powder-1/2 tsp

Method:

Heat pan and fry thick aval slightly, approximately for 5 minutes in medium flame.

Allow it to cool and grind to a smooth powder.

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In a wide pan add  powdered Aval, sprinkle 1/2 cup of milk and mix it gradually, leave it for awhile.

After 2 to 3 minutes sprinkle rest of the milk and mix well without any lumps.

In the case, if lumps occur grind it in the mixie for a few seconds to get a smooth texture.

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Take another pan add powdered jaggery, sprinkle some water and bring it to melt.

Once jaggery gets melted, strain it to remove the unwanted particles.

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Bring it to boil again, let it boil for a minute or two.

Now add grated coconut and mixed puttu  to the jaggery syrup, reduce flame and stir it to incorporate well.

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Add Ghee and cardamom, stir it for 3 minutes approximately in a medium flame .

Heat ghee, fry cashew nuts and garnish on top of it.

Delicious Aval puttu is ready, serve hot

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Omappodi

Omappodi:

Mild and crispy snack with tea or coffee your choice can be Omappodi. Omam (Ajwain) contains numerous medicinal value with the wonderful aroma which makes this snack very special. Mild in taste, not so spicy or salty even a year old child will love nibble or munch it. This can be used to mix or garnish on cooked dishes, it will enhance the flavour and aroma of the dish.

Omappodi
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Ingredients:

Gram flour (besin flour)- 2 cup

Rice flour-1/4 cup

Omama Ajwain – 2 tbsp

Salt-1/2 tsp

chilli powder if you wish to add- 1/2 tsp

Method:

Grind (Ajwain) Omam dilute it and filter the extract out of it.

In a wide pan add other ingredients mentioned above and mix it with the omama extract.

Water can be added if omam water is not sufficient, make it into a thick batter.

Fill the batter in the idiyappam press. (which has small holes).

Heat oil in a kadai when the oil is hot press it roun in the hot oil, turn and cook both the side till it gets golden yellow or sizzling sound stops.

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Omappodi is ready.

Omappodi
Omappodi